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Dance Drugs and Harm Reduction

This morning we had the honour of presenting at the Centre for Additions and Mental Health on Dance Drugs and Harm Reduction.  Feel free to check out our presentation and share it with your friends, family and service providers.  
 


Just say no... to stigma!

 Health education can be tricky. There's many factors to consider when implementing a public health campaign. Demographic of the target audience and the right tone when addressing this audience is key. Oftentimes, especially with campaigns geared at youth and drug use things get topsy-turvy. The wrong tone can mean an ineffective, often counterproductive campaign. Anti-oppression should be a core value of all education. Judgement and/or discrimination needs to be avoided at all costs. Education is key and honesty goes a long way. This seems pretty simple and straight-forward, right?

Unfortunately, many health campaigns geared at youth do the exact opposite. Many drug prevention efforts rely on scare tactics and abstinence-based “Just Say No” approaches. Youth who use drugs will do so regardless of whether society shakes the finger at them or not. Things aren't white and black, people partake in different risks therefore health education should cater to all sorts of individuals. People who use drugs get shunned, marginalized, pushed out of society and left feeling guilty about their lifestyle. Health education should focus on the education rather than on trying to scare people straight. We should be teaching people about the risks associated with different activities, and encourage critical thinking in order to empower individuals to make informed choices that affect their bodies and minds.

There is an unspoken tension in the social service sector between substance prevention and harm reduction tactics. This is counterproductive. Harm reduction's main mandate is to lower risk levels of current drug users, as well as getting individuals into and familiarized with the healthcare system and providing referrals to other health services including recovery upon request. The main mandate for prevention is to minimize drug misuse/abuse within society and thus improve the overall health of our communities. These two philosophies to healthcare can and should be adjacent. 

However, many prevention campaigns still continue to use scare tactics and demonize drug use and drug users. Instead, prevention should focus on recovery services for those who are ready and willing to get help. Not every person who uses drugs is an addict and society can't impose the same standards for everyone. The best way to identify a problematic drug habit is by the individual after proactive self-reflection. You can't help someone who doesn't want help and labelling people as “addicts” or “junkies” further oppresses those who use drugs. Harm reduction should be seen as secondary prevention. It is crucial to provide healthcare services for individuals who use drugs since oftentimes the ritual or way of consuming certain substances is far riskier and detrimental to the individual and society's overall health than the drug itself. A great example of this is sharing needles, straws, pipes and works. All these activities put individuals at risk of transmitting a virus that is a far greater risk than the drugs being used.

We need to be progressive with health education not retrogressive. I encourage you to think twice before bashing crucial, essential and much needed harm reduction services and when implementing prevention campaigns. We need to start thinking about people being affected by these issues with more care, diligence and an open mind. Next time you see a person who uses drugs, think about why they are where they are in life rather than blaming it on their use and walking past blindly. 

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Join us in Mexico City to learn more about drug policy and how youth can advocate for social change! Featuring youth activists from Espolea , TRIP! and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union.  All youth are welcome to learn and strategize on how we can transform drug policy.

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Celebrating the four pillars of our community: 

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Belly Dancing by Mystic Caravan

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Launch of Holy Smokes  Zine!

Showcase includes arts workshops, including shuffling, silkscreening, tie dying, and kandi making!!!!!

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Bunk Police Manifesto

Bunk Police
Bunk Police 
 
The drug culture is not what it used to be. Over the last month our group has tested nearly 2,500 substance samples presented to us by patrons of music festivals and concerts.

The results have been truly sobering. Nearly 100% of samples are cut with one or more substances, and they aren’t using baking soda anymore.

Research chemicals, sold as “bath salts” or “plant food” have become an alarming issue. Nearly 60% of “Molly” (MDMA powder) samples tested at Wakarusa, Bonnaroo, Electric Forest and Camp Bisco contained large quantities of or were completely comprised of one or more of these chemicals. Many of these “research chemicals” present very real overdose fatality risks and have been in news all over the world. There were 8 overdoses attributed to tainted MDMA powder at Camp Bisco. Three of those individuals are no longer with us.

An overwhelming majority of tested LSD samples were negative for the chemical. In the best-case scenario, the sample was just paper. In most instances, the LSD we tested contained compounds such as DO(x), a dark hallucinogen with a three-hour onset (leading to multiple doses) and can last for over 24 hours. Overdose effects include memory loss, irrational and sometimes violent behavior and the possibility of causing harm to oneself. At high doses, analogs of this chemical have the power to change the way the mind works permanently.
What we are doing to help

Testing

The Bunk Police deploys an array of chemical reagent tests to identify substances and cutting agents. These tests, although not completely definitive, give us a very good idea what the powder, pill or paper contains. We can test for well over 20 chemical compounds and we are constantly trying to expand our knowledge and capacity to test. The testing equipment that we use at our campsite is the same as Dancesafe.org has been using for over a decade. In addition to these standard tests, we also have the same tests that are used by the State Department, DEA and many EMTs.

Mobile Testing Centers

In addition to a stationary camp, we equip our volunteers with mobile testing kits and send them into what we call “hotspots” where substance sales are taking place openly. When in these locations, our volunteers simply set up a station right there where the action is taking place. On multiple occasions we were able to inform a dealer that he or she was selling a dangerous product leading to its removal from the market.

Outreach Program

We are able to identify substances in most cases, however many of the people we deal with are unprepared for the information we’re giving them. In order to deal with this issue, we have compiled comprehensive yet easy to understand reference materials and have volunteers ready to assist in informing our patrons.

Information Sessions

I personally conduct a brief information session every day of each event on the changing substance market and drug identification. I will cover the methods used to disguise dangerous cutting agents and how to know what you’re taking is real, as pure as possible and safe. Ents, I come to you weary from battle and in need of advice. Myself and my small group have been working long hours all across the U.S. testing substances and spreading awareness for the last six weeks. We’ve been raided by the Hell’s Angels (security at Camp Bisco) and harassed by the Police and other security forces. In attempting to remove dangerous substances from the market, we’ve run into some of the most intelligent, kindest people and some of the most twisted, greedy and evil souls that this world holds.

If you believe in our cause, please do what you can to help us with the following dire needs:
1) Legal advice
2) Advice on becoming a nonprofit
3) Help in constructing a website
4) Help in advertising online, at events and anywhere else it might be appropriate (headshops, etc.)
5) Help in manufacturing and shipping test kits
6) Help at events
7) Financial advice, accounting and contributions.

My partner in this operation is heading back home to his family, leaving only myself to continue the crusade. I feel that I am driven enough and more than capable of continuing this, but I must try and appeal to others in order to expand the efforts of this entity I’ve created. Thank you so very much for your time and consideration.

Love and Light,
Tim

Bunkpolice@gmail.com

TRIP!Wire

 TripWire

 

The Trip!Wire is a service provided by the Trip! Project that allows community members to directly text questions around drug use, sexual health and harm reduction. You can text the Trip!Wire at (647) 822-6435 but keep in mind that it may take up to 24 hours to recieve a response. For drug related emergencies such as overdose don't hesitate to contact 911! Questions submitted to the Trip!Wire will be reviewed by Trip! outreach workers. A short answer will be texted back to you. The questions will later be used to generate blog posts providing a more indepth answer.

Crab Apples: My Cry for Community Based Health Care

I sobbed for Ashely Smith this evening. I sat up straight in bed, mortified as I watched the video documenting her suicide taken by Corrections Canada Officers who stood outside her cell door and watched as she choked to death from self bondage. For thirty minutes they did not intervene, as her face, still youthful, silently turned purple.

“Are you dead yet?” yelled at corrections officer as she lay on the floor. Ashley Smith, who died at 19, had been sent to to a New Brunswick juvenile facility at the age of 15. Her crime? Throwing crab apples at a postal service worker. Her one month sentence turned in to three year sentence that eventually led her to the Nova Institution for Women, the federal penitentiary where she eventually died after multiple suicide attempts and long term segregation interrupted only by abuse from prison guards. 

I wanted to know more about Ashley. As I sifted through the web in search of details of her life, I could hear the sound of her voice as she addressed the correctional officers who stood on top of her, “leave me alone”, she said. They had used pepper spray to and administered injected tranquillizers for the purpose of “constraining” her, which is illegal Canada. I can't help but wonder why this type of illegal behaviour has gone un-flagged, yet crab apple throwing had resulted in the loss of a young life and  dark cloud of embarrassment looming over our justice that time alone will not erase. 

Ashley was born in 1988, and adopted five days after her birth. Although her early years were documented as being generally normal when compared other  peers, it is said that behavioural issues began to surface as she entered adolescence. These were things such as “disruptive” behaviour in class and excessive talking, both of which were used to describe me too, when I was her age. At fifteen, when she threw crab apples at the postal worker, I was smoking pot and spending days on psychedelics as we stripped malls of their merchandise, evading the security systems. Why was I not subject to the same fate? The only answer that I have is that our society treats worst its member who have mental illnesses, and it just so happened that genetics were on my side. 

Reports indicate that at the New Brunswick Youth Centre, Ashley had pushed the staff “to their limits”. There are several hundreds of recorded incidents ranging from refusing to hand over a hair brush, to self harm and suicide. It seems to me, and it would to any carefully trained service provider, that it was Ashley who had been truly pushed to her limits, not the staff. There is a need today for all provincial governments who are providing services to young people in contact with the youth criminal justice system to broaden their scope of responsibilities and to provide tailored education systems to the needs of youth suffering from mental illness. Most importantly, there needs to be consensus on the notion that youths suffering from mental illness or behavioural disorders should not be sent to correctional facilities and certainly not put into prolonged solitary confinement which is known to have harmful psychological consequences such as psychosis. There is a need for more trained professionals to service youth who need continuing clinical services and a review of existing facilities and services that are provided to youth. 

This is a cry for hospital, not jails. A cry for handed over sight, thorough testing, frequent training and retraining on life saving methods such as CPR. As corrections officers entered  Ashley's confinement cell after she had self asphyxiated, one of them is heard saying “fuck, I haven't trained in CPR in 11 years”.   They call for the nurse, who is not present at the scene, but it is too late. Ashley's cries may not have been heard in time by those who could have saved her, but there is still much saving do be done. As John Macfarlane writes, “The pain is hers, but the shame is ours”.   

Ashley SmithMy Life

My life I no longer love 

I’d rather be set free above 

Get it over with while the time is right 

Late some rainy night 

Turn black as the sky and as cold as the sea 

Say goodbye to Ashley 

Miss me but don’t be sad

 I’m not sad I’m happy and glad 

I’m free, where I want to be 

No more caged up Ashley

Wishing I were free 

Free like a bird.

 

Ashley Smith, October 1, 2006 New Brunswick Youth Centre

OMG Free Arts Workshops!

Hey Everyone!

I hope you've all been having a great summer! Looking for fun activities to do that tie into the rave scene? Look no more! TRIP! has been holding community arts and education workshops at the Queen West community Health Centre, and there are still more to go!

By receiving a Toronto Public Health Youth Grant we have been able to take a look into the various "pillars of rave" be it Mcing, DJing, Producing, Dancing, and Fashion-- we've opened up the health centre for all types of rave related activities!

If you are a youth ages 29 and under and love the scene, or even just love doing rave related activities, please stop by!

Up and coming workshops include:

Boh Selecta, and all that! an MCing workshop. Saturday July 15th from 2pm - 4pm!

Rave tutus and fluffs 2.0, a creative fashion workshop. Wednesday July 20th from 6pm - 9pm!

Rave Promotion 101, where you can learn all the basics on throwing a top notch event. Saturday July 23rd from 2pm - 4pm!

Rave Makeup 101, a workshop where you can learn how to do awesome makeup! Wednesday July 27th from 6pm - 9pm!

Open Dance studio 2.0, where you can come out to share and show off your moves! Saturday July 30th from 2pm - 5pm!

All workshops are held at Queen West Community Health Centre, located at 168 Bathurst street! (Right at Queen and Bathurst!)

Past workshops include, baking, kandi making, button making and dance! If you would like to know more info on our community workshops email us at info@tripproject.ca !

Hope to see you at our up and coming events :)


These are the Tryptamines in your Neighbourhood!

Tryptamines vs. Phenethylamines
Although some hallucinogenic substances don’t fall into either category, a vast majority of known hallucinogens are either tryptamines or phenethylamines. Tryptamines and Phenethylamines are classes of chemicals encompassing many psychoactive substances that have been used both for medicine and spiritual awakening for thousands of years.

Amphetamines such as MDMA, methamphetamine, and popular study drugs Adderall (dl-amphetamine) and Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) alongside of research chemicals such as 2-CB and 2-CE are all categorized as phenethylamines. Most are known to be empathogenic and many of them have stimulant properties. Most phenethylamines have psychedelic properties and some (such as amphetamines or methamphetamine) are stimulants.

LSD, Moxy, Foxy and DMT are examples of popular tryptamines that are psychoactive. Most psychoactive tryptamines are hallucinogens and are known to provide intense psychedelic trips. It is important to mentally and emotionally prepare yourself for your trip. If taken carelessly, intense psychedelics may cause bad trips. If you are prone to difficult experiences, think carefully before trying new psychedelic drugs!

Meet Moxy and Foxy
 Moxy (5-MeO-MiPT) and Foxy (5-MeO-DiPT) are hallucinogenic tryptamines that were discovered in 1980 by Dr. Alexander Shulgin. They have similar effects and duration; the drugs often are compared as sister chemicals they are not the same drug, however.
Foxy and Moxy have a wide range of effects: at small doses they leave tactile sensitivity, but they can bring audio distortions, visual texture enhancements and other perception changes.
Individuals currently going through emotional or psychological upheaval should be careful about using psychedelics such as Moxy or Foxy, as they can trigger even more difficulty. Individuals with a family history of schizophrenia or early onset mental illness should be extremely careful because psychedelics have been known to trigger latent psychological and mental problems. Individuals with seizure or convulsive disorders or heart problems may be at higher risk for health problems when taking psychedelics.

Dosage & Duration
The dosage of these tryptamines are very minute, and it is very important to have a milligram-precise scale (0.00x) due to a small margin for error.
Depending on how much and how recently the user has orally consumed, Foxy and Moxy take around 10-20 minutes to kick in. Moxy may be taken orally or vaporized in a pipe. When freebased the effect usually comes on within seconds. Both drugs last approximately 4-6 hours.
If you are taking an MAOI or thinking about combining multiple tryptamines, it is important to consider that they can massively potentiate your trip.

5-MeO-MiPT
Threshold dose (oral): 4mg
Threshold dose (smoked): 12mg

5-MeO-DiPT
Threshold dose (oral): 6mg

Potency Problems
The intensity if your trip will increase exponentially when you add more to your dose. When you add 2mg to the 4mg (oral) or 6mg to the 12mg (smoked) threshold dose, it doubles the intensity of the experience. For example, 8mg is 4 times the potency of an orally ingested 4mg threshold dose for Moxy.

Legality
Currently, both 5-MeO-MiPT and 5-MeO-DiPT are not listed as controlled substances in Canada.
 
Resources
Erowid: Moxy
Erowid: Foxy
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